Praxis Science Outreach Science Smarts: New Year’s Poppers

The latest Praxis Science Smarts Column in the Medicine Hat News.

Praxis Science Outreach Science Smarts Column

December 23, 2021

The latest Praxis ‘Science Smarts’ column in the Medicine Hat News (December 31). The article may be found in the Medicine Hat News at or via PressReader at

New Years’s Poppers

Patty Rooks

Can you believe we are welcoming in the New Year tonight?! Oh my, where does the time go? I do not know about you, but I am not that well prepared to celebrate tonight, so I thought we could make some of our own “poppers.”

Let’s get started!

Remember to ask an adult before doing this experiment.


  • Alka-Seltzer tablets
  • Safety goggles
  • Water
  • Measuring spoons
  • Location you can get messy!
  • Film canister (as at the photo department)


  • Put on your safety goggles – when doing science experiments it is important to follow all safety recommendations.
  • Take one alka-seltzer tablet and break it into four pieces.
  • Remove the lid from the film…

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Author: Lochsloidh - McFarlane

Retired science/biology teacher.

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